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Child Care Billing – Who? Me?

You may not consider what your child care business does as “billing”, especially if you don’t send out a bill in the traditional sense. But the truth is, everyone does some form of billing. Used in this way, the word “billing” means charging a fee for child care tuition, after school programs, karate lessons, dance classes or similar services. ProCare has many billing features to fit a variety of daycare accounting circumstances.   Continue reading

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How to Handle Drop-In Care with ProCare

A reader recently asked if ProCare Child Care Management Software would work for a drop-in center. An excellent question, indeed. The short answer is “yes”, but giving you the best advice means asking a few more questions, since drop-in care can operate in a number of different ways. Whether families return and how you handle drop-in billing are two important considerations.   Continue reading

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Enhance Child Care Security

Security at child care centers, daycare facilities and preschools certainly is an important subject. We all want our young children to have a safe and fun environment for play and learning. In this article we’ll highlight a number of products from ProCare Software that can help enhance security procedures at your center.     Continue reading

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How to Keep Track of CACFP Forms at Your Child Care Center

When your child care center participates in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) there certainly are benefits. For children, of course, it’s a great way to help ensure they receive regular, nutritious meals that meet specific guidelines. That is a wonderful thing! For center owners and directors, the other nice part is being reimbursed for each meal served. But there is one drawback. There tend to be a lot of CACFP forms to fill out each month. Ah, paperwork and record keeping. Just what you needed, right? Say no more. Procare Software can help.

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How to Keep Track of CACFP Forms

Procare makes it easy for providers to manage all of their child care forms in one place, including those required for CACFP participation.

Child Meal Counts

One of the most intensive paper trails involves keeping track of what children were served which meals on each day. Luckily, this is an area in which Procare Meal Tracker Software excels. With the Batch Count Meals feature, meals can be counted in a few clicks of the mouse based on each child’s schedule, or on their actual clock in and out times (with Attendance Tracker). It’s important to remember that automated meal counts are intended to be used as a quick starting point. Manual adjustments can easily be made to count only the children who were actually served.

Free Meal Roll Call Sheets

There’s even a handy Meal Roll Call Sheet to record meals as they are served. With Procare, the name and classroom information are filled in automatically, but as a courtesy, we’re making blank forms available to any center that tracks meals served.

Download Free Meal Roll Call Sheets (.pdf format):

CACFP Forms

Since the Food Program is administered on a state-by-state basis, the forms that are required tend to vary. One state may require form XYZ, while another requires form 123. That’s why Procare reports are generic, giving you the information you need to fill in the forms required by your state. Some states allow alternate forms to be used instead of filling out their standard report. You’ll want to check with your local Food Program representative to be sure what they will accept.

Procare also includes an alternate form specifically for Texas, alternate 1535.

Eligibility Status

Having software to track who was served what and when is a real lifesaver, but you’ll also need information on the eligibility status of each family. Typically the status levels include Free, Reduced, and Paid (sometimes called Above Scale).  With Procare, you can print reports showing the number of meals served at each level and keep track of how many families fall into each eligibility category.

Reimbursement Rates

It’s also useful to get an idea of the amount you can expect to be reimbursed. After rates for each eligibility level are entered into Procare, a report can be run to show reimbursement amounts. What could be easier?

Print Menus & Production Records

Oh yes, and I almost forgot about menus. You’ll want to print menu forms to post on your bulletin board or hand out to parents. Perhaps you’ll even want to include menus in your weekly or monthly newsletter. No problem. We’ve got you covered there as well.

Final Thoughts

Keeping track of child care forms, especially those required by government organizations, is a big responsibility that can also consume much of a child care provider’s time. Procare simplifies this task, ensuring your center is always in compliance with state requirements and that your center runs efficiently.

If there’s anything else we can do to help make it easier to handle your CACFP forms and paperwork, just let us know.

Learn how Procare streamlines the process of tracking CACFP forms and other child care forms.

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Tracking Who Hasn’t Turned in Their Form

One thing is true about programs for children. There certainly is a lot of paperwork to keep track of – registration forms, physician reports, agency approvals, field trip permission slips – you name it. How do you keep track of who still needs to turn in which forms? Although you can sift through the pile of papers on your desk to see who did turn in their forms, it’s the opposite thing you really need to know – who did not. How can you easily generate a follow up list to see which families need a reminder?   Continue reading

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